From the Desk of

J. Michael Cross County Executive

     In their last meeting, the Fentress County Commission declared the “Taubert Property” as surplus with the intention of selling the property at auction later this fall. The “Taubert Property”, approximately 315 acres just outside the city limits of Jamestown, was originally purchased with the intent of establishing a landfill for Fentress County. Through extensive efforts, it was determined that it would not be a cost effective effort. Additionally, the property was never permitted or licensed by the county or TDEC to be a landfill. TDEC estimated that to be cost effective as a landfill, Fentress County would have to process over ten times the total amount of solid waste that is generated by the county. Since that time, it has become a liability to the county for safety reasons. A committee has been appointed to determine the exact conditions of the sale. The details of the auction will be announced at the October meeting of the Fentress County Commission.

     Fentress County Solid Waste Director Jackie Selby reports that with Fentress County’s recently signed 10 year contract with the Scott County Landfill, the county’s cost has been reduced from $36.98 per ton to $38.48 per ton for landfill material. We congratulate Jackie and his personnel for the excellence of their work and the continued efforts to cut costs.

     We recently attended the Fentress County Soil Conservation District’s Annual Awards Banquet held at Jamestown’s City Park. With a capacity crowd and an excellent meal, Dwight Dickson with his colleagues and Board of Directors honored several county individuals for their contributions to conservation and farming in Fentress County. Working with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, our local conservation district helps promote healthy practices and modernized techniques for farmers, and sponsor several excellent programs that keep our local farmers competitive. We appreciate their vital contribution to the county.

     We are excited to announce that Chris Landers and “Lan Mills Packaging and Fulfillment Center” have begun operations in the building formerly known as “Robinson’s Manufacturing” in Clarkrange. The new business operates as a distribution center for Amazon and Walmart. With a NEW workforce of 45, the center ships out hundreds of thousands of books each month. With help from the Fentress County Chamber of Commerce, we will conduct a “Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” on Wednesday, September 28 at 10:30 a.m. In appreciation of the tremendous impact that “Lan Mills” will have on the Fentress County economy, we will also be serving lunch to Chris and all his employees. Welcome to Fentress County.

     We want to invite everyone out to this weekend’s Allardt Pumpkin Festival. As owner of “The Hickory Pig” BBQ business, we have attended and worked festivals throughout the state as well as Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama. We always felt that the Allardt Pumpkin Festival was the best run and organized of any festival in the Southeast. With great food venders, you can also enjoy crafts, music, the parade and fireworks as well as the car show. By the way, they have some really BIG pumpkins as well. Tennessee Home and Farm Magazine lists the Pumpkin Festival as one of the top food festivals in Tennessee. Hope to see you there.

     We can be reached at 879-7713. Executive Assistant Amanda Hicks can also be reached at ten.s1508509514ekalw1508509514t@skc1508509514ihadn1508509514ama1508509514. County Commission Meetings are held every third Monday at 6:00 p.m. following a 5:00 o’clock work session. All meetings are open to the public.